Hitachi Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and Frost & Sullivan jointly hosted the Social Innovation Forum in Berlin on 15th November 2014. The Forum has examined the impact that Social Innovation will have on businesses, governments, societies and, ultimately, on our lives. It will took place at the Adlon Kempinski Hotel, in a year that marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Hitachi Europe has been hosting the Forum in Germany for the first time, following successful Forums in Poland and Turkey. Last year, ten Hitachi Group Companies will take part in the event and have been incorporated four live panels as well as an exhibition of leading-edge technologies and products including ultrasound systems, optical topography devices and its latest data storage platforms.
As part of the Keynote agenda, attendees had been able to hear more from Hitachi, SMEs, public stakeholder and professional groups based in Berlin and their focus on Social Innovation Business. Frost & Sullivan will also discuss the types of global Mega Trends which are arising in today’s society and the impact this will have on the future. Live+Gov representatives have been following the panel on urban mobility.
Urban Mobility: The Future of Mobility
The global surge in urbanization and the development of megacities continue to strain resources. Personal urban mobility is one of the major challenges, which needs to be addressed by both the public and private sector because of its impact on the economy, environment and quality of life. For these reasons, the mobility sector is on the brink of a paradigm shift. Conventional thinking is increasingly losing its relevance within this rapidly changing context. However, one of the key findings of the panel was that stakeholders urging for less revolutionary solutions and aiming for evolutionary products providing change for the mobility sector. In that respect, presentation of the Live+Gov use case results from Helsinki have been useful for the discussion among the panel participants.